It’s been a while since I’ve been able to find the time to devote to my blog. I’ve been doing a lot of actual traveling, which has curbed my ability to travel in my kitchen. I have a couple more meals up my sleeve for the next few weeks.
Ever since I bought Cravings, Chrissy Teigen’s cookbook, I knew I wanted to do a mac and cheese-off with Chrissy Teigen’s recipe and John Legend’s recipe. My friend Melissa and I have been planning to get together for months to make this is a reality, and it finally happened.
Every single friend of mine (and, also, my boyfriend…) knows I absolutely love John Legend. I have every single CD of his since Get Lifted. He has been my ideal man since high school. I love his voice, his song writing, his piano playing, and his handsome looks. He’s the whole package.
Needless to say, I wasn’t the happiest camper when Chrissy Teigen arrived on the scene, but she soon won me over with her hilarious Instagram and Twitter accounts, and then completel made me love her with her awesome cookbook. There is not one dish I’ve made from it that I haven’t enjoyed. I highly recommend her book, and I cannot wait for her second one.
Both recipes called for sharp cheddar cheese. I had a block of sharp vintage white cheddar from my visit to Tillamook last year, which I had been saving for an epic mac and cheese. I used the cheese in both.
Both recipes envision a different kind of mac and cheese. In John’s recipe, you toss everything into a baking dish and heat it in the oven. The result is a more solid, compact cheese dish. John’s dish calls for elbows.
Chrissy’s mac and cheese, on the other had, is primarily cooked on the stove, and popped in the oven to brown the top. Her’s is a creamier version, and calls for shells.
Now that we had our scoops of mac, Melissa and I did a side-by-side comparison.
It was an even split! I preferred Chrissy’s creamy dish, while Melissa preferred the more traditional casserole by John. (There was no one more surprised than I was that I would choose Chrissy’s over John’s). We needed a tie breaker, so I packed some up for Melissa to take home to her husband. He also liked Chrissy’s (Melissa told him he was wrong).
This was a lot of fun, and it’s something I would like to do again with a bigger panel. So, friends in Northern Nevada, let me know when you want to have a mac and cheese party!
Chrissy’s recipe here.
John’s recipe here.